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Group calls to change juvenile sex offender registries


Posted: May 01, 2013 8:29 PM Updated: May 01, 2013 8:29 PM

Posted by Jackie Kent - email

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now/AP) -

A human rights group is calling on the government to stop the practice of placing the names of juveniles on publicly accessible sex-offender registries.
Human Rights Watch says in a report that placing young people in the same category as older registered sexual offenders will cause lasting harm.
Some law enforcement officials and victims' rights advocates want more discretion in juvenile cases in what they consider to be a flawed registry system.
Registry-listed offenses include rape, consensual sex between children and could also include so-called  "sexting" of photos that depict nudity or sexual activity.
The Human Rights Watch report examines the impact that registry laws have on juvenile sex offenders, and will be released Wednesday.

Copyright 2013 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved. The AP contributed to this report.

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